Shareting, when parents do not understand the limits of the internet

That a father feels proud of his son is normal. What doubt fits the feeling What can cause the achievements of these people who were educated at the time? Before, it was usual that when one parent met another in the supermarket queue, both shared the exploits of their children.

However, with the passage of time this action has evolved. Now, the arrival of new technologies and social networks this pride is sometimes shown through photos and publications on these platforms. A content that practically makes the children's lives exposed on the internet by skipping the recommended limits in the web world.


Digital identity

This situation is defined as shareting, a term that combines "share" and "parenting" (parenting). This word refers to how many parents show through social networks the process of raising their offspring. This ends up causing the smallest of the house to have created a digital identity before they can even manage these platforms.

Journalist Nancy Jo Sales states in her book 'American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Life of Teenagers'that currently 92% of minors in the United States have an identity created in social networks. This lack of privacy means that since the birth of the children several hundred photos of them have already been published. It is curious that when one of these little ones learns to manage these technologies, it is already present in them without their consent.


The problem is that many parents are unaware of the impact that a photograph published on the Internet can have, which does not stay in these pages, but in a matter of seconds you can end up at the other end of the world. It is worth remembering the dimensions of the web world and the dangers of skipping privacy.

The feeling of "like"

Stacey B. Steinberg, professor of the Faculty of Law at the University of Florida, has also addressed this issue in one of her studies. In this work he has deepened in the reasons that lead parents to share all this information of their children in social networks. Of all the causes, the one that stands out the most is the feeling of receiving a positive comment from other parents.

This feeling after receiving a "like"by another person is what makes an adult feel in the power to continue making these publications forgetting the possible dangers of this situation:


"Cyberspace offers many positive feelings to the parents. When they comment on their children, they receive positive responses and this makes them feel supported. But this takes to the extreme of feeding the ego and exhibitionism can be a risk that distorts reality and makes it difficult to think beyond oneself, including the protection of one's own child, "explains Professor Steinberg.

Therefore parents are reminded of the need to keep privacy in social networks and in the web world. Especially it is recommended not to publish any photo of your children on these platforms while your children are underage, and if these are over 18 years old, there must always be a prior consent to the approval.

Damián Montero

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